[Coral-List] Good News from Australia

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg oveh at uq.edu.au
Sat Dec 20 03:01:28 EST 2008

Thank you Gene.  

Now that you have dredged this up, I feel it is important to let the
readership know, needless to say, that the column is full of misquotes
and inaccuracies.  Perhaps not surprising given that the columnist
(Andrew Bolt) is well-known for his endless 'opinions', poor
understanding and disregard for the truth.  In this respect, he claims
that there is no science (none at all!) behind global climate change,
nor truth in the fact that Australian aboriginal people were mistreated
in recent history (this is despite many victims still being alive
today).  With respect to his disregard for the truth - Andrew has been
successfully sued for defamation and other inaccuracies
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bolt). What more can I say?

This source is neither accurate nor science-based, and perhaps should
not have appeared on coral list.



Ove Hoegh-Guldberg

Smart State Premier's Fellow (2008-2013), Director, Stanford Australia;
Reviewing Editor at Science Magazine, and Deputy Director, ARC Centre
for Excellence in Coral Reef Studies; BLOG: www.climateshifts.org

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Good News from the Melbourne Australia Herald Sun. "PROFESSOR Ove 
Hoegh-Guldberg, of Queensland University, is Australia's most quoted
reef expert.
He's advised business, green and government groups, and won our rich 
Eureka Prize for scares about our reef. He's chaired a $20 million 
global warming study of the World Bank.  
In 1999, Hoegh-Guldberg warned that the Great Barrier Reef was under 
pressure from global warming, and much of it had turned white.
In fact, he later admitted the reef had made a "surprising" recovery.
In 2006, he warned high temperatures meant "between 30 and 40 per 
cent of coral on Queensland's great Barrier Reef could die within a 
In fact, he later admitted this bleaching had "a minimal impact".
In 2007, he warned that temperature changes of the kind caused by 
global warming were again bleaching the reef.
In fact, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network last week said 
there had been no big damage to the reef caused by climate change in 
the four years since its last report, and veteran diver Ben Cropp 
said this week that in 50 years he'd seen none at all."  Gene


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